Education Reporter-Billings, MT

Lee Enterprises Inc   Billings, MT   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on June 18, 2024
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Education Reporter-Billings, MT

The Billings Gazette, the voice of the largest city in Montana and one of the few remaining seven-day print newspapers in the western United States, is seeking an ambitious and enterprising reporter to build a beat around schools and education.

The state's largest K-12 school district is headquartered in Billings - and its present challenges and future vision are part of the story we need to tell. The other part is what's going on inside our schools - around literacy, learning and engagement. We want to tell compelling stories about teachers and students, not just write about policy and politics.

We're looking for a reporter who will plug in quickly, invest in relationships, connect readers with what they can't see themselves, and write with authority. This full-time position in our digital-first newsroom will provide opportunities to write daily news, explore issues and trends that impact Montana families, and cover local events.

The Gazette is one of five Montana newsrooms in Lee Enterprises, plus a Capitol bureau in Helena. We share planning and resources, allowing reporters more time to work on bigger, deeper pieces. Our newsroom is a mix of smart, young reporters and deeply experienced veterans, and it shows in what we produce. We've been named the state's best newspaper for eight years in a row.

Billings is a vibrant, affordable city with a walkable downtown featuring fine dining, performing arts centers, museums, live music venues, and more than our share of craft brew pubs. There's even an international airport that you could literally walk to. And, if outdoor living is your thing, everything you've heard about Montana is true.

This is a full-time Guild position with annual pay of $43,000.

Why Join Us?

Lee Enterprises offers competitive wages in a dynamic, interesting work environment with career growth opportunities. We offer an extensive benefit program that can be personalized to your needs. Our benefit program includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, company provided life insurance and supplemental life insurance. In addition, we offer a 401K retirement plan with company match. We also offer generous paid time off to allow the flexibility to balance personal life and work. This includes paid parental leave for new parents.

Lee Enterprises is a major subscription and advertising platform and a leading provider of local news and information, with daily newspapers, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 350 weekly and specialty publications serving 73 markets in 26 states.

Lee Enterprises is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We respect and celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. For more information about Lee, check us out at www.lee.net.

We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you are excited about this role but do not meet 100% of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply at https://lee.net/careers/ and search for Billings. Be sure to include a cover letter, resume, and links to clip (or clips) of your work.